Welcome to The Beatles Page!
The Beatles page is an interactive blog which focuses on in-depth analysis of many aspects of The Beatles and the "Beatles Phenomenon" as it were. There are a number of questions that hopefully, over time, the information/insights/opinions/analysis that are presented in this blog will help to answer. Here are some of them:
Musically, how "good" were the Beatles anyway?
Musically, how "good" were the individual Beatles (John, Paul, George and Ringo)?
Did the Beatles really write their own music?
What musicians, past and present, list the Beatles as a major creative influence?
Why were the Beatles so popular?
How did the Beatles write their songs?
How did the Beatles record their songs?
What chemistry between the (4) Beatles helped to create their legacy?
Can it/Will it happen again someday?
Who were the Beatles early influences?
What were the influences at the peak of their creativity?
How important was promotion to the success of the Beatles?
What instruments did each Beatle play/what instruments did the Beatles use in each recording?
Were Paul McCartney and John Lennon the best songwriters of all time?
Did George Harrison influence guitarists then and now?
Was Paul McCartney a "decent" bass player?
Why is Beatle memorabilia so valuable?
What is the best Beatle song?
How many top ten songs did the Beatles have?
And on, and on, and on...
By and large, the opinion that the Beatles were the most significant and influential musical combo in history is still widely held, even today. Why? Were they really that good? Did they really reach that many people? Surely there are other bands from the period that have better musicians, aren't they equally as important? That's what we hope to explore during the active life of this blog.
INTERACTION -- Although many of the posts will be reflecting to a certain extent the researched opinion of Thomas Herr, your opinion and your comments are HUGE to raise awareness to your beliefs about the Beatles and how they may have influenced you. I encourage interaction from musicians and artists, scholars, today's generation and people who were there at the very beginning...the posts and comments will be repeated thousands of times on Twitter and other social media venues.
CONTRIBUTION -- We will encourage contribution by blog readers -- and would love to include many posts by followers as "guest contributors" -- subject to our approval of course, because we want to keep the quality of the writing of the blog at a high level (what we mean is that we may edit). Simply put -- we are open to posting your submits!!!
So sit back and "enjoy the show" as it were. Let's roll-up and roll-on, the Mystery Tour is about to begin.
-- Thomas Herr